Bookish Wish List – January 2020

The list is so so long, but today we are only looking at a few that are very high up there.

In my 2020 book goals post I mentioned that I am kind of continuing my book buying ban but in a less strict way. I want to work more with wish lists, and buy less random books. I also want to do a sort of one in one out policy with the books I buy. Not as in getting rid of a book I own if I buy a new one, but more so that I need to read one before I buy a new one, unless it’s the next one in a series. But then I’ve probably already read the previous book in the series sooo…
That’s not to say that I can buy a new book every time I finish one, I still need to stick to my wish list and not mindlessly go out and buy a new book because I finished one.

Anyway, in my bookish goals I also mentioned that I was going to do a little wish list post, so here we are.

The last bookish wish list I shared was in September, and I actually got a good few of the books that were on there, like A Short History and the Madeline Miller books. And there are also a few books that I mentioned in that post, that are still very high on my wish list right now. So I thought I would start with those.

False Value by Ben Aaronovitch is probably the one I look forward to buying the most, just as soon as it is released. Supposedly this will happen at the end of February, and you best believe I will race to the bookstore as soon as I can order it. I am very excited to continue the Peter Grant series, and I am hoping he will hurry up with more Tobias Winter books as well.

Another sequel to a book I’ve read, and another one that I mentioned in September as well, is Find Me by André Aciman. I liked Call Me By Your Name more than I thought I would, and I thought I would like it a lot, so when I heard that he was writing a sequel I got really excited. It is already out I think, but I haven’t seen it in a Dutch bookstore just yet, so I might have to go and order it soon. In my local bookstore of course, we want to support those!
P.S. I also got really excited when I saw that the film adaptation is on Netfilx now, I will have to go and watch that one soon.

The last book I mentioned in my previous wish list is another summer book, The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. I love how easy to read her books are, so I definitely want to pick up this one up for next summer. I am pretty sure this is the only book of hers that I haven’t read yet, so I am already excited to get my hands on it and have it as a dreamy summer afternoon read. And then I hope she writes another one. I haven’t been into YA all that much lately, but for some reason I just can’t get enough of her stories.

I know I just said that I haven’t been into YA all that much lately, but I do briefly need to mention the Heroes Of Olympus series by Rick Riordan in this wish list as well. I own the first book, The Lost Hero, it’s even on my TBR this year. If I like it enough to continue reading the rest of the books, I will buy the rest of the books. I loved rereading the Percy Jackson series last year, but when I read The Lost Hero years ago I wasn’t as in love with it as it’s prequel series. However I’ve heard that the books get way better after that one so I definitely want to give it another shot. And so I might be buying the other books as well.

BREAKING NEWS: I have a Dutch book on my wish list. I want to make an effort to read a little more in Dutch, but so far I haven’t found a whole lot of books that actually excite me. Except for Echo by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, a Dutch horror and creepy stuff writer. I read his book Hex a few years ago in English and liked it a lot, so I want to give his new book a shot as well and this time actually read it in the original language. It’s not a book that I feel the need to go out and get right now, but I do want to get it in the next few months. I don’t know if there is an English translation yet, and the Goodreads page I’ve linked is for the Dutch book, but I am sure that there will be an English one some day.

Bookstagram has definitely influenced me to want to read the next book, another YA one. Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco is high on my wish list since I saw so many people posting about it. For some reason the description reminds me a little bit of Ally Carter’s books, although I am sure it is very different. I am curious to see how the Jack The Ripper story has been combined with the fictional story of a rich girl studying forensic medicine. I don’t know if there is a touch of the supernatural to this book as well, but I am sure I will like it either way. I definitely at least wan to try it out!

My friend mentioned The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley to me a while ago, and then when I saw the book(series) in the bookstore a few weeks ago I was like “yep, sounds good, adding it to my wish list”. Because it does sound really good. From what I understand from google and Goodreads, it is a 7 part book series inspired by the Seven Sisters star constellation. Each book follows a different sister trying to find out about her past after their adoptive father dies, or something like that, and I think all the books kind of are set in a different country maybe, and of course each sister has a different backstory. But I am sure there is also an overall story, because what else? Or I could be completely wrong. I do know that it sounds like kind of magical reads and so I want to try out the first book. And if I like that one, the rest of the books as well.

I think I mentioned in my 2020 book goals that I want to read more non-fiction this year, and I think that a good book to continue this goals with is The Happy Brain by Dean Burnett. I plan on picking it up when I finish The Idiot Brain by him as well, which I am currently reading (well, currently taking a break from reading, but I will dive back into it again soon). Where The Idiot Brain is about how the brain in general works, The Happy Brain is, as the name might suggest, about how happiness works in the brain, and I really like the sound of that. I feel like these are good books to dip your toe in some interesting and informative non-fiction books that are still very fun to read, so a good place to start.

Another non-fiction genre I’d like to get into a bit this year is books about personal finance. Book that are easy to read, interesting and will motivate and inspire me. I am quite interested in how to properly handle your (well, my) personal finances and manage my money, but I really don’t know where to start. Ideally I would read books specifically for the Dutch or European system, but I think that general tips can come from anywhere in the world. I don’t know where to start just yet, but it is definitely something I am going to research. If you have any tips please let me know!

I am pretty sure that I mentioned this in a wish list post about a year ago, but I definitely want to get more Agatha Christie books as well this year. I am reading one now and am enjoying it so much, and I believe I have two more left before I am all out of Agatha Christie to read in my collection. I will definitely read the two I have before I go out and buy more, and I don’t even know which ones to get yet (what are your favourites?), but I do know that I want to build up my collection of her books, and I am already very excited for it.

And then I thought it would also be good to mention what I won’t be buying any time soon in terms of books. For example, I am going to try and not buy any Penguin English Library editions until I have read a few of the ones I already own. I picked up two at the beginning of the month (more on that in next week’s book haul) and now I really need to start reading them before I buy more, no matter how pretty they are. I also want to finish all my Penguin Little Black Classics before I buy new ones, and preferably the one Modern Classic I have as well. Considering they are between around 50 and 100 pages and teeny tiny, this shouldn’t be a problem. I also want to try and only buy them when I’m at that store in The Hague, because they just have so many there.

Looking at this list, I am realizing there are so many books I want to buy, and this isn’t even everything that is high on my wish list. Plus there are some series in there, so that’s even more books I want to get. I am sure though that I will be able to find a few here and there secondhand, and of course I am going to try and stick to the whole “only buy one if you’ve read one” thing, meaning that when I want to buy the whole Heroes Of Olympus series I first have to read at least 4 other books. I can do that.. 😉 Although, the goal is to read more than I buy sooo.. I’ll have to read at least 5 books?Maybe do a one in, two out kinda thing? We’ll see.

I will definitely do another one of these soon as there are a few more books that I still want to mention, so keep your eye out for that in the next few months.

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